An artisan, designer, and engineer, Jean Prouvé (1901–1984) was one of the most innovative and influential figures in 20th-century French building and furniture design. Practicality was paramount to Prouvé–his designs are notable both for their economy of means (not a single structural element is superfluous), and resulting graceful forms. This Dactylo desk (the word is French for “typist”) is a classic example of his style. It features a folded enameled steel frame, legs finished with stainless steel sabots, and an oak top. The design is at once efficient, elegant, and effortlessly chic.
August 6, 2015